Award-winning Video Spotlights Hilltop Artists

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It's very rare that a video stops me in my tracks. But when a colleague sent me Hilltop Artists' "Black Forest Ham" video, I was hooked for the entire 7 min. and 58 seconds.

If you haven't heard of Hilltop Artists, it's an organization that reaches out to at-risk teens and teaches them the art of fusing, flameworking, mosaics and glass blowing. More importantly, it gives kids a sense of self-worth and an outlet for pent-up frustration.

With the help of Dale Chihuly, Hilltop Artists, a 501(c)3 non-profit glass arts program, opened in 1994. It provides classes and individualized instruction for more than 500 students each year, and no students are refused based on past behavior, grades, disabilities, or artistic talent.

This video won a Telly award back in June for being one of the finest video productions created for the web. I encourage you to watch it and find out why.

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Julie B.  •  September 06, 2011
Isn't this such a cool story?! I found it so inspiring...-Julie B.
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Susan U.  •  September 06, 2011
These young people are amazing. What a fantastic place to allow them to explore their artistic side. Bravo! I hope the Hilltop Artists will be around for many, many years to come.
Julie Bedford

Julie Bedford

Julie graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Communications. She worked as a marketing director and graphic designer before coming to work for Delphi as social media manager. Her mother is an artist and inspired Julie's love for art and creativity at a young age. Her hobbies include writing, crafting and social networking.